Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.
Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.
Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.
Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.
I'm a little late in posting this review due to a family emergency ~ so sorry! Honestly, I couldn't wait to spread the word about this book ~ it's so freakin' beautiful :)
Ella is this tough, mouthy, adrenaline-junkie of a girl from a not-so-great-neighborhood. She doesn't take crap from anyone but she also has a heart of gold ~ a combination that caused her best friend, Micha, to fall in love with her. She's wrestling some demons though, and instead of facing them, she runs from them and buries them deep within herself, pretending to be someone else entirely. Ella wears this thick mask, and she's determined not to let anyone see what lies beneath it ... But the thing is, she's never been good at hiding what she's feeling, and Micha can see right through her....
I loved Ella. She's not whiny and helpless, and when she does cry, she's got a damn good reason. She's had to put up with more than any teenager should, but she's stronger than she thinks.
And Micha *swoon* is amazing. He's kinda half bad-boy, half good-guy ~ killer combination. I knew I was a fan of tattoos, but I never thought I'd grin at the idea of a lip ring ;). He's compassionate and gentle with Ella's feelings ~ for the most part ~ but he's also not afraid to say how he feels. Micha's got plenty of issues of his own, but he's willing to face them if that means he'll be stronger for Ella.
Even when Ella's afraid of her feelings for Micha, their relationship is beautiful. It's the one thing that saves them both. It's not possessive or clingy in any way, like so many of the young adult relationships we read about today. Ella and Micha give each other space to think, to process, and to follow their individual dreams. There's a wonderful independence in each of them even as they hold onto each other. They love unconditionally and no amount of distance or time will change that.
I absolutely adored this book and will certainly be reading the next in the series. I read most of it in one sitting, reluctantly putting it down to get back to my life. I would totally recommend :)
Five out of Five stars!
:about the author:
I live in Wyoming with my husband and three kids, where I spend most of my time writing, reading, and hanging out with my family. I’m the author of the Fallen Star Series, the Darkness Falls Series, and the Death Collectors. I also just branched out to the New Adult Contemporary genre with my book, The Secret of Ella and Micha.
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